Hi guys, I've realized that I've been writing about amazing cities I'm visiting but never about the wonderful city I'm living in! In the past months many of you asked me tips and suggestions on what to do in Singapore and I have always reached out to you individually. Keep on doing it, I love it! And tell me your next holiday destination so that I can help you in planning the itinerary 🙂
At the same time, for those of you who haven't visited Singapore yet, I've decided to start a new travel category fully dedicated to this city. You can find it in the Travel section!
In this post I'm gonna give you a list of districts and must-DOs if you're coming to Singapore for the first time. In the next weeks I will dedicate one post to each area in order to be very specific on what to do, where to eat, what not to miss etc
Here the best neighborhoods to visit walking and get lost in their vivid alleys:
- CHINATOWN: the main markets and shops are around Temple St. and Pagoda St. where you can find a lively atmosphere. A bit touristic though, reason why if you have to stop eating somewhere I would suggest to walk towards Keong Saik Road, Duxton Road or Telok Ayer that have plenty of nice bars and restaurants.
- LITTLE INDIA: Serangoon Road, Little India Arcade and Mustafa (a HUGE shopping mall that sells literally everything and once you're there you completely lose your orientation. But it's worth having a look!!). If you like Indian food you can stop at Lagnaa in 6 Upper Dickson Road, where you are supposed to eat barefoot and sitting on the floor (on a pillow of course eheh). The adventurous ones can give it a try!
- MARINA BAY & GARDENS by THE BAY: Next to the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel there is the amazing and green area of Gardens by the Bay, a 101 hectares garden. You can’t miss the massive Supertrees here. These tree-shaped vertical gardens are between nine to 16 storeys tall. You can also walk on the suspended walkway between two of them. In the evening, catch the sky show of choreographed lights and sounds or watch the picturesque view of the city skyline. In the Gardens you have also the chance to visit the Flower Dome that replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions and houses a collection of plants from deserts all over the world.
- BOTANIC GARDENS: Singapore’s oldest garden is an UNESCO Heritage Site is a great venue for jogging, dining, relaxing or organizing pic-nics. It includes the National Orchid Garden, the Swan Lake, the Heritage Museum and the Symphony Stage where they often host outdoors concerts! Click here so see the upcoming events.
- DEMPSEY HILL: my favorite area for a Sunday brunch! It's a green, hilly, hipster and not so touristic area in Singapore. You can find good restaurants (dedicated post to follow 🙂 ), interior design shops, antique furniture shops, art galleries and much more. You can also take a stroll along any of its walking trails (formerly this area was a nutmeg plantation, then re-purposed as the military camp until 2007 when it was transformed in a tranquil hideaway where you can dine, relax, shop and enjoy a nice walk).
ORCHARD RD & SOMERSET RD: for those of you who want to do shopping, this is the main area, full of shops and malls. The most famous is ION.
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